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Laura Drotleff

Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Key FDA official, CBD task force leader Amy Abernethy resigns

The process for regulating CBD was dealt another setback Tuesday with the resignation of Dr. Amy Abernethy from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who will leave the agency in mid- to late-April according to a memo from acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

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Arizona hemp farmers see crop losses from Pythium in drip-irrigated fields

Farmers in Arizona found out the hard way that drip irrigation may not be the way to go for growing hemp crops in the state’s arid climate. During the 2020 growing season, 85% of drip-irrigated hemp plants in Yuma and Graham Counties showed symptoms of crown and root rot, a disease that leads to leaf […]

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